On any given weekend around the Milwaukee area, you can find a group of Catholics out along hiking trails, taking part in conservation projects or, in the case of a recent excursion, tapping trees to make maple syrup.
The activities are arranged by the Laudato Si’ Project, a local nonprofit inspired by “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on the environment and human ecology. The project was formed by Marquette University High School science teacher Joe Meyer.
Somos un grupo de profesores del Colegio San José que tiene una sensibilidad especial por el cuidado de la Creación y que busca vivir en mayor armonía con el medio ambiente. Sentimos el desafío de compartir con el resto de la comunidad educativa este sentir ecológico y el mensaje de cuidado y amor por nuestra casa común (en palabras del Papa Francisco en su encíclica Laudato Sî).
In December 2017 Campion Hall hosted the ‘Connecting Ecologies Symposium’ in Oxford. This symposium brought together politicians, theologians, ecologists, anthropologists and climate scientists for a discussion of how we might positively respond to climate change and ecological crisis.
The Reconciliation with Creation program of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) is organizing a series of Living Laudato Si’ workshops in Mindanao this year to contribute to the formation of apostolic communities of practice capable of reconciling with creation. By bringing together the experiences of Jesuits and justice, of communities of practice and discernment, the Living Laudato Si’ workshops allow participants to review their spirituality and discernment towards more effective planning and implementation in the various apostolates.
Being with God in Nature at the Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality is a ministry that emerged “out of the desire to invite people to experience the presence that is God in Nature in the Australian landscape, in the hope that with their spiritual encounter with the Spirit there, they would begin an ecological conversion and change they live with the Earth,” according to Peter Saunders, who coordinates the ministry and is one of the ministry’s spiritual directors.
In a joint discernment in the light of the encyclical Laudato Si’, around 120 delegates gathered in Quito, Ecuador from 23 to 27 November for the first Latin American and Caribbean gathering on integral ecology with the theme Disciples-Missionaries, custodians of creation and discussed concerns on human rights, development models, climate change, the church and mineral governance, and resilience and adaptation of communities to climate change.
Cáritas Ecuador, CLAR, Confederación Caribeńa y Latinoamericana de Religiosas y Religiosos, DEJUSOL-CELAM, Departamento de Justicia y Solidaridad-Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano, Ecclesial Network of the Congo Basin Forest, integral ecology, laudato si', REBAC, Red Eclesial Panamazónica, Red Iglesias y Minería, REPAM, Réseau ecclésial de la forêt du Bassin du Congo, Rigobert Minani SJ